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Name: rosella
Status: student
Age: 14
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Date: 1993 - 1999


Question:
Hi I'm rosella a 14 yr old student at Kotlik Schools I'm in the 9th grade and I was wondering why some Planets have rings around them and the rest don't.


Replies:
If an orbiting object approaches a planet then it may be torn apart by the tidal force of the planet. The exact distance at which this happens depends on the composition of the orbiting object. This object could be a MoonHHHHmoon or a passing comet or asteroid. The debris of such objects forms a ring. So the planet has to be lucky enough to get an object within the correct range and and at not too oblique an incidence.

Jasjeet



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